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A Peek in the Performance Attic - Part Three



See additional photos of the 1991 Subaru SVX in the Image Gallery.


1991 Subaru SVX


Features and Dimensions*


(from SVX brochure by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.)


Engine and Power Train


  • Normally aspirated, 3.3-liter, DOHC, 4-cam, 24-valve, horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine
  • Estimated 230 horsepower with a torque rating of 224 ft-lbs
  • Sequential Multipoint Fuel Injected, dual mode indication system
  • Aluminum alloy block and heads
  • Active torque-split all-wheel drive
  • 4-speed electronic automatic transmission
  • Rear viscous limited-slip differential




  • 4-wheel independent strut-type suspension with subframe
  • 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-sensor, 4-channel, 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Rack-and-pinion power-steering system; optional electric assist system


Body and Interior


  • Optional driver-side leather-trimmed 8-way power seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Driver-side Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbag
  • Adjustable steering column (tilt and telescopic)
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows
  • Mid-frame side windows, glass-to-glass canopy, solar-control glass
  • 80-watt radio/cassette + optional CD player
  • Optional electric sliding sunroof
  • Resin-molded trunk lid
  • Resin-molded fuel tank (70 liter)
  • Projector beam headlights with fog lamps
  • Optional electronically controlled 6-speaker sound system; front: two 5 cm tweeters, two 16 cm full-range; rear: two 20 cm full-range




  • Length: 182.1 in (4,625 mm)
  • Width: 69.7 in (1,770 mm)
  • Height: 51.2 in (1,300 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 102.8 in (2,610 mm)
  • Track front: 59.0 in (1,500 mm)
  • Track rear: 58.3 in (1,480 mm)
  • Curb weight: 3,580 lb (1,625 kg)
  • Tire/wheel front: 225/50VR 16/7.5JJx16
  • Tire/wheel rear: 225/50VR 16/7.5JJx16


Projected Performance


Standing 1/4-mile: Under 15.6 seconds
0-60 mph acceleration: Under 7.6 seconds
Top speed: Over 140 mph


* As of January, 1991


Editor’s note: At the time of the SVX’s introduction, Road & Track released a magazine about it called, Road & Track’s Guide to the New Subaru SVX. Although difficult to find, it’s an excellent resource for anyone interested in the car.


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